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Reinhardt, Klaus Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
- Recent resurgence in bedbug infestations
- Why now?
- Variation in bedbug infestations during the course of the year
- Dispersal between rooms
- Basic biology
- Effect of bites on humans
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Bedbugs have been reported from all types of accommodations, including sleeper coaches in trains, camper vans, ships, dormitories, and rooms in hotels and hostels of any standard. Despite the absence of evidence that bedbugs are related to poor hygiene or low socioeconomic status and despite many dozens of studies proving the absence of disease transmission, bedbugs have retained their stigma of poverty, filth, disgust, and disease. The associated shame by human hosts now partly prevents the analysis of why bedbugs are currently spreading and increasing in numbers.
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